Tuesday, August 8, 2006
Kremchek sounds off
BY JOHN FAY | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The bad feelings continued Tuesday among Reds officials over Monday’s disclosure that relief pitcher Gary Majewski, who has been sent to the disabled list, took a cortisone shot for tendinitis in his shoulder just days before being traded to Cincinnati from the Washington Nationals.
Reds officials are angry that they were not told of the cortisone shot, and the club may file a grievance over the trade.
The Reds’ medical director, Dr. Tim Kremchek, said on Tuesday that the team would have taken a closer look at Majewski’s health before completing the July 13 eight-player deal that sent Austin Kearns and Felipe Lopez to the Nationals.
The 26-year-old Majewski has struggled for the Reds. His ERA with the Reds is 12.54. He gave up 21 hits in 9 1/3 innings.
Kremchek said Majewski was told to keep quiet before the trade.
"The troubling thing about this as much as anything … was (Majewski) was told to keep it under the radar," Kremchek said.
"We asked him if he was OK, he said, 'Yeah, I'm all right.'"
Kremchek added that an MRI would not have revealed the tendonitis in Majewski’s shoulder, and that the deal likely would have gone through.
"His shoulder looks clean," Kremchek said. "It would have been (Reds general manager Wayne Krivsky's) call, but I imagine we would have made the trade."
Kremchek said he has never given a player from another club a physical before a trade is completed.
"The way it works is the GM talks to the GM," Kremchek said. "If there's any issues, medical talks to medical."
In Majewski's case, Reds trainer Mark Mann talked to the Nationals trainer.
"(The Nationals) didn't allude to anything," Kremchek said.
Kremchek, who is a consultant for the Nationals, said his relationship with that team may end over this incident.
Jim Bowden, the Nationals general manager, did not return a phone call from the Enquirer on Tuesday.
In an e-mail sent to The Washington Post regarding Majewski’s placement on the disabled list, Bowden said, "In every trade we make, our medical and training staff are always thorough, complete and give full disclosure on information on any player involved in the transaction as requested by the other club involved in the transaction per major league rules."
Kremchek said he never met Majewski until after the trade.
He said Majewski's medical records did not arrive in Cincinnati until Aug. 1, the day after the trade deadline.
"And even then, they weren't complete," Kremchek said.